Ross Sharp, Mirages and and a Halifax hack
53º 55′ 31″ N / 000° 57′ 56″ W
One of great the joys in life is a wide ranging intelligent conversation and Ross Sharp always more than holds up his side of the conversing. Recently I mentioned to him that the Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Forces Memorial would soon receive a Dassault Mirage IV. Just as an FYI on my part—I am a dilettante but Ross is the expert.
Ross, though, knows the why about it and more. He wrote to inform me how the museum’s home town of Elvington in the UK was the location of an air base for a pair of Free French bomber squadrons during World War II—the 346 Guyenne and the 347 Tunise. There is more…Ross provided a handful of his photos from the museum as well as insights. These photos show the museum’s Dassault Mirage IIIE aircraft as well as an interesting Handley Page Halifax. The Halifax is interesting since Ross observes one can tell it is a composite restoration, not that the museum is using trickery and Halifax bombers are rare to see these days, using components from the similarly designed Handley Page Hastings. Ross observes the engine spacing is a bit different since a Hastings wing is used. He has a wonderfully written post about this and the Hastings in Handley Page Hastings—coal, cod and the Cold War in his Shortfinal’s Blog (which is an excellent research resource). Ross now keeps us abreast using his Twitter feed @ as well as belonging to the cadre of The People’s Mosquito which is building an original deHavilland Mosquito for the public trust (which will be rare).